Mar 19, 2021
By Jane Brown
The trial for one of the two Canadian Michaels, Michael Spavor, has wrapped up in China.
(Journalists surround a police van as it arrives at a court building in Dandong in northeastern China’s Liaoning Province, Friday, March 19, 2021. AP Photo/Ken Moritsugu)
Spavor and Michael Kovrig have been detained for 830 days (as of Friday March 19th) on allegations of espionage. But it is widely believed the arrest of both Michaels was retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.
Jim Nickel is with the Canadian Embassy in China. He and other consular staff from Canada and other nations were forced to stay outside while the trial took place on Friday.
“We were unable to have access to the courtroom,” Nickel explained outside, “We were also unable to have access to Michael Spavor himself before the trial. But nevertheless, the trial is now concluded. There’s been no pronouncement of a verdict.”
The court says it would pronounce a sentence at a later date.
Fellow Canadian Michael Kovrig is due to go before a court Monday.